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Panel Discussion: Family Engagement

  • 05/11/2019
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Calhoun Public Library
  • 36


  • Registration for one member and up to one additional guest. The guest does not have to be a member of GATESOL. Childcare registration is embedded.

Registration is closed

What do parents need from the school and community? How can we foster better relationships between the school and ESOL families? Join us for this discussion on family engagement.

Bring a friend! This event is guest-friendly! You can register your friend during the registration process.

The Calhoun Public Library will be hosting a childcare event: Lego Time! Children of registered attendees can take part in this childcare free of charge. 

Calhoun-Gordon County Public Library

100 N Park Ave,

Calhoun, GA 30701

Meet the Panelists:

 Leticia Benavides, Parent Liaison at Anna K. Davie Elementary in Rome City.

Leticia has been a Parent Liaison at Anna K. Davie Elementary for  2 years. She uses innovative techniques to support the school in building relationships with families, providing opportunities to welcome parents into the school. Leticia also works with Highland Rivers Rehabilitation Facility, supporting women in recovery.


Erica Knowles, ESOL Teacher at Hamilton Crossing Elementary in Bartow County.

Erica Knowles has been an educator for 21 years. She taught in the mainstream classroom for 9 years and has been an ESOL teacher for the last 12 years. She has presented on the local, district, regional, and state levels, providing information and different strategies to use to promote success with English language learners. She strives to make parents feel included and to ensure that they are an integral part of their children's education.

Francisca Banuelos, Parent and Volunteer at Euharlee Elementary in Bartow County.

Francisca Banuelos is a mother of two children, one who exited the ESOL program at her child’s school. As a volunteer, she works closely with the ESOL teachers in the district to make sure that ESOL families are heard and have opportunities to build relationships with the school. She is also a coach for the Summer Transition Program in Bartow County.

Darla Chambliss, Assistant Director for Cherokee Regional Library System.

Darla Chambliss is originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was employed as Assistant Director for Cherokee Regional Library System serving Walker and Dade counties before serving as Library Director for Catoosa County Public Library. She is currently serving as Director for Northwest Georgia Regional Library System serving Gordon, Whitfield and Murray counties. Darla received her Master’s of Library and Information Science degree in 2009 at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. Prior to her work in public libraries she was an Editorial Artist at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Darla lives with her husband Alex and sons Zan and Seth in Chickamauga, Georgia.

Darla served on several local boards including the Fairyland School Fine Arts Committee, The Bunny Hop board of Chambliss Shelter, Chamber Ambassadors board of the Walker County Chamber, and The Friends of the Chickamauga Public Library. Darla is a member of the Rotary Club of Dalton and the Women Influencers Network group of Dalton, Georgia. Darla served as a member of the editorial board of the Georgia Library Quarterly for eight years and now regularly contributes to local newspapers. Ms. Chambliss requested funding from a local foundation to provide the capital to build a Spanish Language website that mirrors the English version of the library website; you can check it out at

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